There are times in our life when we get annoyed, angry, tremble with indignation, feel the universal injustice, but at the same time we feel powerless to do anything about it. Unfortunately, as we travel through our life we encounter such times regularly. We can easily lose ourselves in such situations and do something which, though it may appear a good idea at the time, brings forth long-lasting consequences. We can end up hurting ourselves, someone else or by doing any of it hurting the ones that care about us. In order to prevent us from ruining our lives and the lives of others, the society agreed on certain rules and regulations necessary for a successful cohabitation.
The laws were created out of necessity. Though it may be true that all men are generally, at their core, good, we are all but different human beings and as such possess different perspectives on life. What may seem fair and right to one man may appear entirely opposite to another and that gives birth to a conflict, which may grow later on.
Not counting the natural ones, probably the first instance of creating laws can be seen in religion. As is the case with everything else, religion also needed its set of rules that would keep the ideas in place along with its followers. People early noticed that laws were needed for a harmonious society and that, even though we are sensible creatures, punishments work best should people fail to obey them. The question arose, of course – who has the right and the authority to impose them? Many monarchs used such powers to fulfill their own desires and impose the control. Needless to say, though necessary rules are a double-edged sword and are bound not to satisfy everyone.
The punishment that follows the breaking of rules originally had an educational character; however, that part diminished over the years and is now negligibly small. Nevertheless, its prime function – preventing the offenders from repeating their mistakes and endangering the innocent people, still remains. Laws are generalized so that they can be applied to as many people as possible, which is the reason we may find some parts unfair and decide to break them. It is important to realize that though we may not like it we must obey the rules given for the sake of our family, our life and the lives of others.